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Definition of grande dame noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


grande dame

NAmE//ˌɡrɑn ˈdɑm//
(pl. grande dames or grandes dames
NAmE//ˌɡrɑn ˈdɑmz//
, NAmE//ˌɡrɑnˈdɑm//
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an older woman with a lot of experience and influence in a particular area the grande dame of literary criticism
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